Jay Blahnik’s Boom Box

Q. What’s your stage and real name?
A. Stage Name: Jay Blahnik Real Name: Damon L. Humes

Q. How long have you been making music?
A. Since age 11

Q. Would you call yourself a producer or a dj?
A. I would label myself as a Recording Artist, Songwriter and Producer.

Q. What is your inspiration for your music?
A. Musicals and action films inspire me. Therefore, my music and live performances are epic Broadway-styled extravaganzas that are complete with storylines, plot sand climaxes.

Q. Where have you played, foreign and domestic?
A. I have performed in every major United States City as a Dancer and Recording Artist.

Q. What was the first event you ever played at/put on?
A. The first event that I ever played at as a recording artist was in 2010 at the House of Blahnik’s R-10 Ball Event. But I’ve been on stage performing in talent shows and other arts-based competitions since age 11. I directed my first major stage show in 2000; as the Artistic Director of Bodies in Motion Dance Company.

Q. What’s the best event you’ve played at/put on?
A. It’s extremely hard to select the best show that I ever directed because each of them was special and connected to memories that I cherish deeply. Some brought disappointment; which forced me to improve my skill or opened me up to exploring other creative elements. All of these lessons learned have collectively shaped my current music and performance style.
I must admit that I enjoy all facets of the performance process because throughout my career I’ve been fortunate to work with choreographers/dancers, producers, make-up artist, fashion designers that are extensions of my family. Each time we get together to plan, create or perform has SO much meaning, because they matter in my life. I also have been blessed to consistently receive lots of supports from my fans and followers; which allows me to connect spiritually and metaphysically with viewers. It’s a magical experience like no other; it is the TRUE Jay Blahnik experience!

Q. What big names have you played with or for?
A. It depends on “who” you consider to be a BIG name… I’ve worked with and helped to guide America’s Best Dance Crew stars, VOGUE EVOLUTION, Upstate All Stars, Bodies In Motion Performing Arts School and Dance Company, Karl Jackson (celebrity stylist), BET’s 106 & Park Winners: Devastation Dance Crew, R & B Princess Ashanti, Brice Vick and Fergie.

Q. Are you aspiring for a record deal or would you like to remain indie? and Why?
A. I currently have a recording and publishing contract with Tate Music Group; which allows me the freedom and flexibility to still work on the projects that I enjoy.

Q. How many songs have you under your belt?
A. I have three albums under my belt; with a slew of singles. I sometimes search YouTube and Google to find new remixes and songs that people have put out with my vocals on them. It’s an amazing feeling when I stumble on new music or a story in the press.

Q. When are you releasing an album? or when did you?
A. PAST RELEASES:
Boom Box Single (Whey Cooler & Jay Blahnik, 2013)
Rock Da Bellz Single (Whey Cooler & Jay Blahnik, 2012)
I Don’t Like You Album (Whey Cooler & Jay Blahnik, 2010)
Notorious/Watch OUT Album (Vjuan Allure & Jay Blahnik, 2006)

Q. Are there alot of hot artist where you are from?
A. I am only aware of a few. The artist that I hear most from my area are rarely excited about innovation. They just stick to the current music formats that dominate mainstream radio.

Q. What is the music scene like in your area?
A. It’s urban mainstream R & B and Pop.

Q. Which do you consider your music style: pop, techno, house, drum and basement…?
A. I consider my music dance music and pop. The House and Ball community have heavily influenced my musical style; who are responsible for the popular dance style known as Vogue. The Iconic Janet Jackson, who in my estimation is the ‘Blue Print’ for great live entertainment and performance, has heavily influenced me. She along with famed choreographers Mia Michaels and Barry Lather are among my favorites.

Q. What would or will you guys do to give back to the community?
A. For the past 17 years, I have led organizations and campaigns all across the United States that promote positive health seeking behaviors such as routine screenings for sexually transmitted infections. I have also worked with organizations that provide social and human service programs/interventions to at-risk youth; thus reducing adjudication, providing mentorship and that use the performing arts to reduce childhood obesity and keep kids off the streets, In 2006, I created the only scholarship to support continued educational attainment among LGBT people within the House and Ball community.

Q. What advice would you give young aspiring bands?
A. Be careful of who is in your inner circle. To be successful, you need the ongoing support of people who truly believe in your talents and gifts. People that will work towards your dream as if it is theirs too! When you find them, always take time to appreciate them for their contributions!

Q. Is there anything you would like to add?
A. I just wanted to personally thank you for this interview and opportunity to share my music with more people. I ask that everyone visits my website (www.JBlahnik.com) and download as many of my songs for FREE! Then press the “like” button, become a fan, and ask all of their friends and family to do the same. Lastly, download my new mobile phone application to stay up-to-date with my new music and video releases; as well as the most relevant news and information about live performances, appearances, contest and other free gifts from me.

Most importantly, thanks for taking my first single entitled, Boom Box, all the way to #1 on ReverbNation’s United States House Charts and #2 in the entire world. Follow me on the following social media sites:
Twitter: @BoomBox_Project
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiJq5WH4fJ8VJ1AXsqS-0zA
Check out the Boom Box Music Video at: ttp://youtu.be/RLlDYi7URdw

Q. Do you have any shout outs to give?
A. BIG shout outs to my partner in crime, SUPER Producer and friend, Whey Cooler of the Legendary Group, Pretty Poison. I cannot forget Mirelli Glambert who is always there promoting me and special acknowledgements to all of my supporters. My new LP entitled, Boom Box, is dedicated to the International Icon, Janet Jackson for the inspiration to create from an authentic place. Lastly, I could not have made it this far without the team at Jay Blahnik Entertainment and my mother. They have no idea how much they mean to me! Be sure to get the Boom Box LP on November 15, 2013.

As Taxes Raised!! No Justice!! No Peace!! Will We “March Again” – J. Randy

J. Randy speaks… and with much to the remembrance of Biggie and Pac, it has a message. As many things that have divided the United States like Political Parties, Religion, and Race. What will unite it? Will it be the tax of Retirement funds? The Attack on Gun Rights? Or Another Racial Killing? Who knows… but one thing is for certain, one man can’t do it. Will We March Again? J.Randy Check Him Out…

EnterViews #2 – Living in Sin

For those of yawll who havent heard yet, Living in Sin is one of the top tier, higher echelon rappers in India. With his roots in London, Living in Sin [aka DJ Sin, or Sin] has done more than to merely adopt and adapt the Mumbai way of life, His songs have a deep intense message to convey with each line drowning You into a higher level of thought; in his words, its all about “Spread wisdom”. Hard-work and perseverance is what this Mumbai rapper is all about. I have personally worked with Him and I must say, I havent seen this much energy packed in one person!

He has recently dropped a new song called “Many Times”, produced by Sanza & features Big Philly, and the content it reveals is just mind numbing. From the rhyme-schemes, right down to production. Dope.

I had the chance to interview Him on his thoughts on Indian hip-hop, his old projects and the upcoming ones as well.

Q. What do U feel about the recent Indian Hip Hop scene? Has it uplifted the essence of Hip Hop as YOU know it to be?
A. The whole culture and essence of Hip Hop has changed and I feel as the internet and social networking has expanded Music awareness in some way, it has also brought the true hustle and quality of music down. Its so easy for these so called rappers to create and put out something without any actual knowledge on the art! When I look at India, the struggles and problems we face are very much different from what lifestyle and growing up is like in the UK or US. 99% of the music put out on facebook is not the life these dudes are living “and they know this Man,” ( In Chris Tuckers voice.) 

Has not lifted the essence at all! “

Q. Why “Mustang Music”, and what real message do You wish to convey to the people on the track?
A. Muscle means Money, Power, heart and intelligence. If you got it, use it the right way!

This track was actually designed to show different cultures that exist in India that people may not be aware off. Cars, Music, Auto mechanics and more.

I been in music for 15 years or more, So Mustang music is not the definition of my message in Music, You have to dig deeper… “

Q. What is Your message to these new and upcoming rappers in the Bombay hip hop, or Indian hip hop scene?
A. Really there is no point because everyone right now who think they created the scene lie and talk bullshit. So these kids have a bad foundation to start with cause of these Bob Cats and fakers. But here is an attempt…

1. Do not use the “N” Word, Its not cool but makes you look lame! Grow up…

2. If you have the balls to rap about it – have the balls to say it to the persons face, rapping on a song with words don’t make you a leader. Living by your words do!

3. Don’t follow trends and using swag to cover talent is bullshit. You either have it or you don’t and most don’t sorry to say.

4. be you! A lot of rappers here are trying to be someone else. Be yourself! Respect who you are and where u from cause most of you don’t. When you look in the mirror, u can’t lie no matter what you tell the world! 

Q. Tell us More about Your radio station “Bombay Hott Radio”?
A. Bombay Hott Radio is the first official Urban radio station in India and is a strong bridge between Indian artists and their western counterparts. We have interviews regularly with Top urban artist from around the world Including M.O.P, Spice 1, MC Shan, Shade Sheist and more all giving their views on the current state of Hip Hop.

One of the things that are missing in Today’s Hip Hop scene is the radio culture, One of the most fun parts of being a fan of this genre of music back in the day. We bringing that back.

What billboard selling artists have said about Bombay Hott Radio:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOFdHoiPjao&list=UUVmbuufZ9N5UgoWSqSmRF9g&index=16&feature=plcp

Q. What is the next big move?
A. Big Things, We just released in the Caribbean with “Summa Yah body” which is getting a crazy response. And I’m doing shows with N.O.R.E and Billy Danze + many more artists. Check out Big Philly (Best Freestyler in Mumbai), Richelle Mendes, Bid Lo, Stori, Team Badself UK and more The station is Promoting, that’s real urban music.

Save and embrace the culture, do not exploit it! “

What billboard selling artists have said about Bombay Hott Radio:-

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